Could someone ID this spider for us please? It was found under the house of a friend. My brother is a plumber and said there were about four of these under the house. We are guessing it is one of the false widows, but some confirmation from someone with a bit more knowledge about this would be most reassuring.
Thanks for any help,
Strangely enough Meta menardi was my first thought, but I withdrew (bounced) the comment because I thought the spider too small. You are probably right, on second thoughts there seems to be quite a lot of leg in the photo making the overall span too large for a Steatoda. Bombus always says to go with your gut feelings in identifications and in this case I didn't.
Hi Lewis and Jaguarondi,
Thank you for the identification. It is quite a large spider and my brother did mention tear drop egg sacs hanging down (which I probably should have included in my original post!)
Cheers for the help,
Almost certainly Meta menardi the cave spider then, especially since you mentioned the hanging egg sacks These are a widespread but seldom seen spider capable of growing to quite a large size. They shun light so the chances of us ever coming into contact with them are further lessened. If you go back through the spider forum they are mentioned now and then, normally with some degree of surprise.